Dixon heads off Irwin in Supersport free practice

Jake Dixon finally headed off the challenge of Glenn Irwin to set the pace in the damp free practice ahead of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship finale while the newly crown title holder Luke Stapleford back in tenth.

Irwin, riding Gearlink Kawasaki, had the edge in the morning session, by 0.156secs, over his Smiths Triumph rider and the rider from Carrickfergus was quickly on the pace next time out but Dixon was more than matching him.

They duelled for supremacy, trading places at the top of the time-sheets several times, but it was local rider Dixon who finally came out on top, taking some seven seconds off his first session time, to end the day a little under a second clear of Irwin.

Sam Hornsey, riding Profile Triumph, rode hard, ending third fastest and half a second clear of Luke Hedger on the second Gearlink Kawasaki while his team-mate Ben Wilson was eased back into sixth fastest by the late pace of Joe Francis on the Team Traction Control Yamaha.

Bjorn Estment, seventh fastest, was the top Supersport EVO rider, ahead of James Rispoli, riding Team Traction Control Yamaha while Danny Webb on the Appleyard/Macadam & Doodson Yamaha and Profile Triumph's Stapleford rounded off the top ten.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, Free practice one:

1: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) 1:44.896
2: Jake Dixon (Smiths Triumph) +0.156s
3: Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +1.448s
4: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +1.735s
5: Luke Hedger (Gearlink Kawasaki) +2.280s 

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, Free practice two:

1: Jake Dixon (Smiths Triumph) 1:37.829
2: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.977s
3: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +2.450s
4: Luke Hedger (Gearlink Kawasaki) +3.083s
5: Joe Francis (Team Traction Control Yamaha) +3.759s

The first round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Silverstone (8-10 April) tickets are available by clicking here.

Prior to the first round there are two official UK tests; 29 March at Silverstone and 31 March at Donington Park. Admission is free, with the tests running from 9am-5pm on each day.

Last updated: Friday, October 16, 2015